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7 Awesome Places To Visit This Christmas Season

7 Awesome Places To Visit This Christmas Season

Canada

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    Christmas is not complete without snow, and Canada is ripe for snow all year round. That is why they play hockey so much. In a Canadian Christmas, you will be treated to a variety of fun activities in the snow, such as sledding, ice skating, and skiing.

    Canada did not fall out of the sky one day. It has an interesting origin. Find out about the French and British settlers that converged on Canada centuries ago to give this place its unique, quiet Canadian culture that we see today. They have great food too. Treat your tongue to many flavors of meat pies and grilled pheasant breast.

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    Dubai

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      Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates — a country in the Middle East. It lies in the desert, so you should carry bottles of water so that you do not dehydrate. There are mega size malls here filled with items from all over the world during the December holidays. Many classy events take place here in December, such as cultural festivals, fashion shows, film festivals, designer sales, and the annual Rugby sevens championships. If you are a people person and you love things, this is definitely the place for you this holiday season. It is a shopper’s paradise.

      New Zealand

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        New Zealand is a country in the South Pacific Ocean next to Australia. Sometimes you just want to spend Christmas away from the snow and bathe in the natural heat of the sun. New Zealand is the perfect place for such a getaway. While it is freezing cold in North America, it’ll be summer in New Zealand. There are many things to do in New Zealand. You could watch sperm whales plunge their enormous weights violently in the water, go hiking, or deep sea diving. You could set up bon fires and barbecues with your friends and family as the days wind down.

        Cambodia and Laos

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          Cambodia and Laos are located in Southeast Asia. The climate is hot and wet all year round. It would be the best place to escape the winter that graces many parts of the world in December. Laos has beautiful colonial towns. The countries are big and quite empty. They offer a good quiet holiday for married couples or small families that want to get away from the noise of cities. There are many species of birds to watch and plants to discover if you are a nature lover.

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          Indonesia

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            Indonesia is composed of many islands lying close together between Papua New Guinea and Thailand. In each one of these islands, you are surrounded by ancient temples and the sweet smell of incense. The flowers grow wild in the water, and the sunsets are so peaceful and divine. Indonesians have a thousand and one spices for their rice, noodles, and seafood. Sample them and find out how much they excite your taste buds. There are many surfing spots in exotic beaches with wild waves that surfers would love to challenge. Enjoy your surfing as you interact with friendly locals. Learn about the their culture and their way of life.

            Guatemala

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              Guatemala is a South American country bordering Mexico with a population of about 16.5 million people. The cultural heritage of Guatemala is a rich mix of Spanish settlers and Mayan traditions. You’ll learn a lot about the history of both if you go there. There are beautiful coastlines along the Pacific Ocean and impressive volcanic landscapes inland. Guatemala is warm all year round, no scorching heat to cause you ugly sun burns. You will love it!

              The Caribbean

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                The Caribbean are countries that surround the Caribbean Sea, such as Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. There are no beaches anywhere in the world that would match the perfection and splendor of those in the Caribbean. This place is a sunny paradise. The sands are blinding white, and the temperature of the water is just right. The waves dance lazily, and the sun smiles all the time. Along these beaches are ultra-modern restaurants, hotels, and villas that will take your breath away. You could order any food—Mexican, Spanish, African, or Chinese—name it, and you will have it on your table in a matter of minutes. The people here love to sing and dance. You will never want to go to sleep; nobody goes to sleep in the Caribbean. The nights are full of music, laughter, and partying.

                Featured photo credit: http://travelfindsshop.com/ via travelfindsshop.com

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                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

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